Fatutoa Semisi is living proof that life can change in an instant. The courageous 16 year-old is adapting well to a new life where he’s unable to move or care for himself following a freak accident in Samoa in 2020.
Fatu was celebrating his 14th birthday with friends by enjoying an inflatable waterslide set up in his Nana’s front yard. The boys had been riding the slide all morning when suddenly, Fatu found himself in the pool of water at the bottom, unable to move.
“I don’t know how it happened,” Fatu says. “Me and my friends were sliding down normally and the next thing I know, I was just floating in the water and I couldn’t really feel anything. I told my friends to just hold me up because my body was sinking.”
Fatu had inexplicably fractured multiple vertebrae and is now tetraplegic – unable to feel or move anything below his shoulders.